(||Au"to-da-fé") n.; pl. Autos-da-fé [Pg., act of the faith; auto act, fr. L. actus + da of the + fé
faith, fr. L. fides.]
1. A judgment of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal condemning or acquitting persons accused of
2. An execution of such sentence, by the civil power, esp. the burning of a heretic. It was usually held
on Sunday, and was made a great public solemnity by impressive forms and ceremonies.
3. A session of the court of Inquisition.
(||Au"to-de-fe") n.; pl. Autos-de-fe. [Sp., act of faith.] Same as Auto- da-fé.
(Au"to*di*dact`) n. [Gr. self- taught.] One who is self-taught; an automath.
(Au`to*dy*nam"ic) a. [Auto- + dynamic.] Supplying its own power; applied to an instrument
of the nature of a water-ram.
(Au`to*fec`un*da"tion) n. [Auto- + fecundation.] (Biol.) Self-impregnation. Darwin.
(Au*tog"a*mous) a. (Bot.) Characterized by autogamy; self-fertilized.
(Au*tog"a*my) n. [Auto- + Gr. marriage.] (Bot.) Self-fertilization, the fertilizing pollen being
derived from the same blossom as the pistil acted upon.
(Au`to*ge"ne*al) a. Self-produced; autogenous.
(||Au`to*gen"e*sis) n. [Auto- + genesis.] (Biol.) Spontaneous generation.
(Au`to*ge*net"ic) a. (Biol.) Relating to autogenesis; self-generated.
(Au*tog"e*nous) a. [Gr. self + root of to be born.]
1. (Biol.) Self- generated; produced independently.
2. (Anat.) Developed from an independent center of ossification. Owen.
Autogenous soldering, the junction by fusion of the joining edges of metals without the intervention of
(Au*tog"e*nous*ly) adv. In an autogenous manner; spontaneously.
(Au"to*graph) n. [F. autographe, fr. Gr. autographic; self + to write.] That which is written
with one's own hand; an original manuscript; a person's own signature or handwriting.
(Au"to*graph) a. In one's own handwriting; as, an autograph letter; an autograph will.
(Au*tog"ra*phal) a. Autographic. [Obs.]
(Au`to*graph"ic Au`to*graph"ic*al) a.
1. Pertaining to an autograph, or one's own handwriting; of the nature of an autograph.
2. Pertaining to, or used in, the process of autography; as, autographic ink, paper, or press.
(Au*tog"ra*phy) n. [Cf. F. autographie.]